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SRQ DAILY Jul 20, 2018

Friday Weekend Edition

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Friday Weekend Edition

"The view will get better and better."

- Jonathan Sabin, LGDSO

[Astronomy]  Tonight: Martian Views in Manatee County
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Turn off the television and tune into the night sky, as the cosmos put on a show tonight, providing not only continued views of Saturn, which local astronomers enjoyed last month, but also one of the best views of Mars ever. Marking the occasion—and lending a telescope or two or twenty—the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers (LGDSO) will be out in force at Robinson Preserve this evening for a special summertime Sidewalk Astronomy event from 10pm until midnight, and all are welcome.

Assembled at Robinson Preserve in Manatee County, after sunset and away from the city lights, the local astronomers of LGDSO break out telescopes of all shapes and sizes, creating a little impromptu observatory for anyone who cares to take a look. And this weekend should prove to be a show, says Jonathan Sabin, founder of LGDSO. Saturn remains “very well placed,” he says, and anyone who missed last month’s Sidewalk Astronomy will get an eyeful of the ringed beauty, but Mars will be the real star. And for tonight’s stellar view of the red planet, a few important things had to align—not necessarily all the stars, but at least one, and a couple of its orbiting buddies.

Currently in opposition, Mars rises in the eastern sky as the sun sets in the west, which is called an “opposition event” and places the planet Earth between the two celestial bodies for optimal viewing of solar light reflecting off the Martian surface. This happens roughly every two years. But, even then, not every opposition alignment actually works out for terrestrial viewers, says Sabin. But, he says, every 18 years or so, it’s really good.

In 2003, astronomers hit the celestial jackpot when Mars came into opposition as Earth was at its farthest point from the Sun and Mars was at its closest point, resulting in sights humans will not see for another 60,000 years, according to Sabin. But tonight will come close. “This opposition is the best since 2003,” says Sabin, citing a negligible size difference of around 3% and a comparable amount of dimness.

An event for seasoned astronomers and newcomers alike, LGDSO members are as free with their knowledge as they are their telescopes, answering whatever questions they can. It’s all about sharing the passion, says Sabin, who caught the bug when he was five, on a trip to Hayden Planetarium in New York City. With LGDSO, he passes that on, and he’s seen children young as two years old pulling back from the telescope, eyes wide at what they’ve seen even as their mouths fail to form the words. Because sometimes science is magical, and so are the memories, like a children’s astronomy book from the planetarium gift shop that starts a lifelong journey. “That was 52 years ago, and I still have it,” says Sabin. “And I treasure that book.”

The LGDSO Sidewalk Astronomy viewing event begins tonight at 10pm at Robinson Preserve and runs until midnight, free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the event will move to Saturday. 

[Education]  Maultsby Approved as SCS Assistant Superintendent, COO

The Sarasota County School Board has moved to approve Jeff Maultsby as the new assistant superintendent and chief operating officer (COO) of Sarasota County Schools. Maultsby replaces Scott Lempe, who retired in June. Maultsby released the following statement: “I am thrilled to assume my new role at Sarasota County Schools. I have been in the fabric and culture of Sarasota and truly relish the opportunity to be part of this district’s innovative leadership team. There are many endeavors being launched in a variety of our departments this year including facilities, food and nutrition, public safety, communications and community relations – to name just a few. I look forward to maintaining a steady, proactive pace to deliver the best results for our students. As educational leaders, we are charged with the ever-growing responsibility of facilitating learning and equipping the future of our community through its students. Sarasota County Schools is a leading district in this pursuit and I am very pleased to join their ranks.” Maultsby assumes his COO on Monday, July 23. 

Sarasota County Schools

[Education]  SCF Econ Professor Earns Scholarship to Federal Reserve Institute

Kristen L. Zaborski, associate professor of economics at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), has earned a scholarship to attend the Federal Reserve Institute held at the University of San Diego June 27-29 in San Diego, CA. Zaborski was selected from hundreds of scholarship applicants. The Federal Reserve Institute offered seminars on a range of topics, including working with data, investment in human capital, exploring careers in economics, all about the Fed, everyday economics, the dual mandate of the Federal Reserve, economic stability, international trade, gross domestic product and economic growth. Instructors who attended the Institute were given access to online personal finance and economics resources for their seminars. The Institute was sponsored by the California Council on Economic Education in partnership with regional Federal Reserve banks in St. Louis, Dallas, Atlanta and San Francisco. 

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota

[Community]  Arcadia Boys & Girls Club Opens in DeSoto County

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County has announced the opening of the new Arcadia Boys & Girls Club in DeSoto County, which is located at 14 School Ave. in Arcadia near the historic Smith-Brown Recreation Center. The Club, which officially opened on July 9, will provide 75 children, ages 6 to 11, with high-quality educational, developmental and recreational opportunities Monday through Friday during the summer and school year. During an enrollment event on June 26, guardians paid a $10 membership fee for their child to access year-round programming that will help them succeed in school, develop critical leadership skills and adopt healthy lifestyle habits. Youth will also receive free snacks and meals each day, as well as, guidance from positive youth development professionals and mentors. The Arcadia Boys & Girls Club will host the community for an official dedication celebration in September. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

[Business]  PGT Hires Quijada as VP and Corporate Controller

Venice-based PGT Innovations, the nation’s leading manufacturer and supplier of residential impact-resistant windows and doors, has announced the appointment of Raoul Quijada as vice president and corporate controller of PGT Innovations. Quijada will lead the consolidated corporate accounting and reporting functions for all of the organization’s brands. Beginning his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Quijada amassed more than 20 years of experience and a significant record of leadership through his work with several Fortune 500 Companies, including Western Union, Newell (Rubbermaid), Systemax Inc. and Ominto Inc. He is certified Six Sigma Green Belt with expertise in operational excellence through the implementation of streamlined core processes and measured operational effectiveness. 

PGT Innovations

[Real Estate]  J. E. Charlotte Construction Tapped for RSP USA Project

Venice-based J.E. Charlotte Construction Corp. has been awarded the contract to construct the new 23,437-square-foot facility for RSP USA, a full-service marketing solutions provider that has served the real estate industry since 1997. For nearly 16 years, RSP USA has been located at 7456 16th St. E. in Manatee County. From layout to interior finishes, the ground-up construction on the new building is scheduled for completion in spring 2019. Once complete, the company will move into its new facility at 5246 Lena Road in Bradenton. The more than $3,000,000 project will expand RSP USA’s current footprint and accommodate its growing client base. The architecture firm on the project, Sivitz Innovative Design, has issued a utility design incorporating office space and a production area with high-end features. Glass will surround the building, providing views of a pond and fountain at the rear of the building and the land’s natural vegetation that will be preserved. 

J.E. Charlotte Construction Corp.

[Food]  Miller and Campbell Announce Grove Restaurant

Restaurateurs Hugh Miller and Greg Campbell of Pier 22 have finalized a long-term lease agreement with LWR Main Street LLC for a new restaurant to be part of Main Street at Lakewood Ranch. Called Grove, the restaurant will fill a vacancy at 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL where the Polo Grill and Bar previously resided. For the business partners, this is their fifth venture in 12 years. The team at GROVE promises to offer wholesome gourmet meals including scratch-made entrees, culinary cocktails and savory desserts. Separate menus are in the works for lunch, dinner, happy hour, late night, and Sunday Brunch. The property is set to receive a complete gutting and a multi-million dollar renovation. Tables in the dining room and patio areas alone are expected to seat over 350 guests. Included in that number are the three private dining areas which can be configured to serve 20, 40 or 60 people while a separate count for the ballroom space brings the entire building's seating capacity to 750 guests. 

Pier 22

[TODAY]  FESTIVAL: The 10th Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival - North Coast Extends Its Stay , July 20 – July 21

New York City’s premier hip-hop comedy team, North Coast, is extending its stay in Sarasota following the 10th Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival.  After the festival, running from July 12-14, North Coast will be in residence at FST for an additional week, leading workshops and delivering special encore performances on July 20 and 21 in FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre at 7:30pm each night. Workshops are $35 and are limited to 16 people. Those interested in discovering their own creative spontaneity can register for workshops by calling Pamela Smith, Education Administrator, at (941) 366-1350.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave, Sarasota.

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Little Mermaid , July 20 – July 21

Disney's The Little Mermaid is a stage musical based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love. Come see the theater bring classic underwater tale alive.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. West, Bradenton

[WEEKEND]  THEATER: What the Butler Saw , July 10 – July 29

Wild, risqué, and ferociously funny, Joe Orton’s classic farce takes aim at everything from sex to psychiatry. In an exclusive, private mental health clinic, Dr. Prentice is attempting to seduce his prospective secretary when his wife walks in, interrupting his sordid intentions and kicking off a maniacal tour de force involving a state inspector, bellboys, slamming doors, and, above all, Orton’s wicked wit and breakneck dialogue. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[WEEKEND]  SPORTS: Free Kids' Summer Beach Run , June 5 – August 8, 6:30pm

Starting June 5 and June 6, the free Kids' Summer Beach Runs will be offered every Tuesday and Wednesday for the next three months, alternating between Siesta Beach and Brohard Beach. Registration begins at 5:30pm near the playground at Siesta and near the Venice Fishing Pier at Brohard. Kids who complete four runs receive a free T-shirt, and all runners receive a ribbon and a free ice pop with each run.

Siesta Beach and Brohard Beach, 948 Beach Rd., Siesta Key; 1600 Harbor Dr., Venice.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip From Snook Haven Down The Myakka River , July 24, 8:30am-11:30am

Take a kayak trip led by John Sarkozy from the wild and scenic Myakka River, and travel downstream from Snook Haven. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 per person for ALS members and $25 for non-members. For those who want it, there will be a short training session given before launch.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach , July 26, 8:30am-11:30am

Join John Sarkozy, as he shows you the natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied to you and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training session will be given before the trip for those who wish to take it. Take a break on the “crown jewel” of local beaches and take a swim or a walk before paddling back to the mainland.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Luncheon: Transformation in Philanthropy , July 26, 11:00am-1:00pm

The SRQ Transformative Philanthropy luncheon and panel discussion will explore the organizations and individuals who are changing the face of the nonprofit world through innovative approaches, strategic alliances and groundbreaking initiatives that foster and employ engagement to make a difference. The luncheon will culminate with presentation of the SRQ Local Philanthropy Hero Award honoring area trailblazers whose passion and drive are benefitting nonprofit organizations along the Gulfcoast.

The Francis , 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: Nights Out - ArtCenter Manatee , July 27, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Learn to make a Stained Glass Suncatcher with artist Pamela Kramer, using the traditional copper foil techniques with lead free solder. Many colors are available and all tools will be provided to complete your masterpiece! Bring a friend and start creating! Seating is limited so register today! Tickets cost $40.00 and include supplies, wine or beer, and light snacks. 

ArtCenter Manatee , 209 9th St West, Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  MUSIC: 1st Annual Sun n Fun Music Festival , July 27 – July 29

This festival will rock Sarasota's residents and RVs. Bands featured include Kiss America, a slammin' Kiss cover band, the Shane Duncan Band for country music lovers, Rush Hour, an intriguing Countdown Reloaded cover band and many more. You will not want to miss this day of music, food and fun. 

Sun n Fun RV Resort, 7125 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Friday Fest: Reverend Barry & the Funk, July 27 , July 27, 5:00 PM

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is continuing their Friday Fest summertime concert series with Reverend Barry & the Funk. Bassist and lead singer Barry Nicholson only has one goal for the band: to keep the crowd dancing all night long! The group regularly performs at nightclubs, parties, and private events around Sarasota. Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Prince are just a few of the classic artists that audiences will hear from this dynamic group. And while you’re enjoying the music, be sure to check out Van Wezel’s selection of food trucks, drink vendors, and more! This seven-piece band--including a live horn section--will make this Friday Fest the best one yet!

Bayside Lawn of Van Wezel, 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay , July 28, 8:30am-11:30am

Enjoy quiet water, open-seated kayaking and exploration from Casperson Beach to Lemon Bay. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Don Quixote , July 28, 4pm

“Don Quixote” is a ballet based on episodes taken from the famous novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus and first presented by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Petipa’s choreography reflects the local Spanish culture by incorporating the dance idiom into the movements and bringing Cervantes’ gypsies and bullfighters to life. This is a perfect family comedy ballet with rich costumes and sets and a host of colorful characters.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. West, Bradenton.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip On Shakett Creek and Dona Bay , July 31, 8:30am-11:30am

Have a relaxing time paddling through Shakett Creek and Dona Bay, led by John Sarkozy. All kayak equipment will be provided and will be included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members.  

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  THEATER: Other People's Money , August 1 – August 19

Fast-talking Wall Street shark Lawrence Garfinkle has his sights set on taking over the undervalued stock of New England Wire and Cable. It is up to Kate Sullivan, a determined big-city lawyer, to stop Larry from gutting the company. Loaded with conflict, comedy, and a touch of romance, Other People’s Money delves into the seedy and deceptive world of business.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Teen Court of Sarasota’s Volunteer Recognition Dinner , August 1, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Join Teen Court of Sarasota in celebrating their adult volunteers and community leaders with an award presentation hosted by Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center.Teen Court of Sarasota has awarded more than $188,000 in scholarships to dedicated volunteers since 1996. These scholarships assist recipients as they head off to college, the armed services and other endeavors. Scholarships further the mission and memories of distinguished Teen Court friends and volunteers, including Jack Byers, Dennis Wood, Katie Self and Jenna Hellman.

Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center, 2002 Ringling 2nd Floor Court Room 2A

[SOON]  THEATER: Wakey, Wakey , August 3 – September 2

How do we confront the uncomfortable inevitability of death? Obie-award-winning playwright Will Eno chooses to celebrate life’s lingering gifts with an uplifting mix of gratitude, absurdity and humor in a profound rumination on life and humanity.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Turn of the Screw , August 7 – August 26

1840: an era charmed by superstition, madness, and the writings of Sigmund Freud led Henry James to write one of the most chilling ghost stories of all time. A young governess arrives at a seemingly idyllic country house to look after two orphaned children. But shortly after her arrival, she realizes they are not alone. She risks everything to keep the children safe, until she begins to question her sanity, and the children’s innocence.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

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